Meet the Librarians

Debbie Chamberlin
Head Librarian

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What do you do at the library?
I have a lot of fun greeting patrons, recommending books to people, purchasing and selecting new books that I think our patrons would like, and also supervising the other librarians and volunteers, if they need it.

What first brought you to the library?
When I first moved to Monkton, I saw that there was a library and noticed that it wasn’t open, so I went to the Town Clerk and asked why. She said that they needed a librarian, so I applied for the job. I saw it as a chance to serve the community. The rest is history.

What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy reading, gardening, kayaking, hiking, sewing, paper crafting, and teaching enrichment programs to preschool and elementary-age kids.

What book genres do you know best?
Picture books are my specialty, but I also know YA fiction, literary fiction, mystery novels, particularly nature based ones, and survival themed non-fiction pretty well. I also read quite a lot of memoir, and I have a real soft spot for post-apocalyptic stories.

What are a few of your favorite books and authors?

When the English Fall by David Williams
The World Made by Hand Series by James Howard Kunstler
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America by Will Harlan
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
Bad Boy: A memoir by Walter Dean Myers
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
George by Alex Gino
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo

and my favorite authors are: Kate Morton, Louise Penny, Craig Johnson, and William Kent Krueger

Katie/Kat Cyr
Assistant Librarian

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What do you do at the library?
Aside from working the front desk, I maintain the website, keep track of the new ILL system, and troubleshoot computer-related issues. I also process new acquisitions to add to the collection

What first brought you to the library?
I grew up right across the street! I was still in elementary school when I started volunteering with Debbie, and she hasn’t been able to get rid of me since

What do you do in your free time?
Mostly I hang out with my kitties, read, do yoga, crochet/knit, and play board games.

What genres do you know best?
I am a huge speculative fiction fan, so basically I read lots of sci fi, fantasy, and horror. Since our library isn’t big on speculative fiction, I know most about YA and graphic novels, particularly action, fantasy, superheroes, and sci fi.

What are a few of your favorite books and authors?
The Imperial Radch Series by Ann Leckie
The Foreigner Series by C.J. Cherryh
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
Fruits Basket by 高屋 奈月
東京喰種 by 石田スイ
One Piece by 尾田 栄一郎
The Protector of the Small Quartet by Tamora Pierce

and my favorite authors are N.K. Jemisin, Dianna Wynne Jones, Bruce Coville, Mira Grant, and 荒川弘

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